Healthy Vegan Chocolate Fudge Crunch Blizzard

This decadent chocolate fudge blizzard is ultra creamy with the perfect balance of sweetness and richness.  The base is a thick, creamy sweet vanilla milkshake that is studded throughout and topped with chocolate fudge frozen dessert bar chunks.  It is such an ideal summertime treat for any chocolate-lover.  And, it a great way to sneak in some plant-based protein and a vegetable too!  Yup, that’s right, there is a vegetable in this blizzard.  This is not your typical dessert.  This one is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and much more nutritious than a standard blizzard.  

Healthy Vegan Fudge Blizzard

The base of this blizzard is a thick and creamy vanilla smoothie made from almond milk, slivered almonds, frozen riced cauliflower, vanilla, maple syrup and ice.  This combination alone would be absolutely delicious and feel like dessert.  But, I took it a step further and incorporated small chunks of a vegan chocolate fudge bar to make this more like a treat than a smoothie.  I simply chopped the fudge bar up into bite-sized pieces and pulsed them in the blender with the vanilla base before serving.  I topped it off with extra fudge bar pieces as a garnish.  And that chocolate swirl on the inside of the glass?  That is just melted chocolate.  It is entirely optional but fun to do if you are feeling a little extra the day you decide to make it.  

Healthy Vegan Fudge Blizzard

Of course, the fudge bar used in this recipe is dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free as well.  I used Daiya’s new Chocolate Fudge Crunch frozen dessert bars.  Daiya is the leading plant-based brand and committed to creating delicious, better-for-you, feel-good comfort foods like these new frozen dessert bars.   They come in three other yummy flavors: Salted Caramel Swirl, Espresso Coffee, and Classic Vanilla Bean.  All of them are dipped in rich dark chocolate.  Any of them would work well in this recipe since the base of this blizzard is neutral vanilla.  I thought the chocolate fudge crunch bar sounded beyond amazing (I’m a true chocoholic and always will be) so I went with that one.  I love that their frozen dessert bars are nut-free and use fair trade dark chocolate.  And the crunch in the Chocolate Fudge Crunch flavor comes from roasted pumpkin seeds.  Love that!  

Healthy Vegan Fudge Blizzard

Healthy Vegan Fudge Blizzard

This recipe is quick and easy to pull together.  You absolutely will not taste the cauliflower.  All you will taste in each spoonful is thick creamy vanilla chocolate crunchy fudgy goodness.  It is just so good.    

These blizzards are vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, peanut-free and gluten-free which makes them wonderful for serving to anyone with food allergies or food sensitivities.  I provide a completely nut-free option below as well.

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Healthy Vegan Chocolate Fudge Crunch Blizzard

Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge Blizzard


  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

An ultra creamy and decadent summertime frozen dessert that will fulfill your chocolate cravings.  This recipe is healthier than traditional blizzards because it is entirely plant-based and sneaks in a vegetable.  Also, the base of the blizzard is refined sugar-free.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
  • 1 cup frozen riced cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons raw slivered blanched almonds [not sliced almonds] (or substitute raw sunflower seeds if nut-free)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or 56 large pitted Medjool dates)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 Daiya Chocolate Fudge Crunch frozen dessert bar, chopped
  • Garnish: melted vegan dark chocolate + 1-2 teaspoons avocado oil around rim of glass (see notes for how to do this before making the blizzard)

Instructions

  1. Add milk, cauliflower, almonds, maple syrup and vanilla to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  Add ice and blend again until smooth.
  2. Add most of the frozen dessert bar chunks and either stir or pulse 1-2 times to incorporate throughout.
  3. Pour into two glasses.  Garnish with extra frozen dessert bar chunks.

Notes

If you want to achieve the chocolate swirl shown in the photos, place your serving glasses in the freezer for 5 minutes.  Then, melt vegan dark chocolate mixed with a touch of avocado oil.  Once the chocolate and avocado oil mixture is smooth and drippy, drizzle it with a spoon into the frozen glass.  Let it set in the freezer while you make the blizzard.

Keywords: frozen chocolate dessert

This recipe is sponsored by Daiya Foods.  All opinions are my own.